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System Properties Comparison Snowflake vs. Teradata Aster

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NameSnowflake  Xexclude from comparisonTeradata Aster  Xexclude from comparison
Teradata Aster has been integrated into other Teradata systems and therefore will be removed from the DB-Engines ranking.
DescriptionCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured dataPlatform for big data analytics on multistructured data sources and types
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score123.20
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperSnowflake Computing Inc.Teradata
Initial release20142005
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesno
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Server operating systemshostedLinux
Data schemeyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)Flexible Schema (defined schema, partial schema, schema free) infodefined schema within the relational store; partial schema or schema free in the Aster File Store
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.yesyes infoin Aster File Store
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyes
APIs and other access methodsCLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
OLE DB
Supported programming languagesJavaScript (Node.js)
Python
C
C#
C++
Java
Python
R
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsR packages
Triggersno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resourcesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesyesSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesyes infoDimension tables are replicated across all nodes in the cluster. The number of replicas for the file store can be configured.
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoyes infoSQL Map-Reduce Framework
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency or Eventual Consistency depending on configuration
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.nono
User concepts infoAccess controlUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authenticationfine grained access rights according to SQL-standard

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